US: Dem calls on FTC to probe Facebook’s market dominance

US: Dem calls on FTC to probe Facebook’s market dominance

According to a report by the Financial Times, a top Democratic lawmaker has called for an antitrust investigation into Facebook, in the latest sign of the political pressure on the social media giant and the government agencies that regulate it. David Cicilline, who chairs the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee, on Tuesday, March 19, sent […]

US: Grand jury looking into Facebook’s data sharing

US: Grand jury looking into Facebook’s data sharing

Facebook is the subject of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors over the data deals it inked with some of the biggest technology companies, reported The New York Times. Citing two people familiar with a request made by a grand jury in New York, the paper reported the grand jury has subpoenaed records from two […]

US: Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google

US: Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google

Senator Elizabeth Warren has pledged that, if elected president next year, she will aim to break up the big tech companies Amazon, Facebook, and Google because they have too much control over Americans’ lives, reported the New York Times. In her plan to rein in the influence of tech giants, Warren proposes legislation targeting companies […]

US: Facebook prioritizes Privacy

US: Facebook prioritizes Privacy

According to the Wall Street Journal Facebook plans to offer encrypted messaging across all of its major products and allow people to make private conversations ephemeral, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. It also will develop products within those messaging services, such as payments and e-commerce, that eventually could allow it to […]

CPI EU News: FCO Facebook Quadriptych

CPI EU News: FCO Facebook Quadriptych

March 2019 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: CPI EU News: FCO Facebook Quadriptych Click here for a PDF version of the article   In early February 2019, the German Bundeskartellamt (“FCO”) announced its highly anticipated and “ground-breaking” Facebook decision. CPI EU News is pleased to present […]

EU: Vestager says EC not precluding future Facebook case

EU: Vestager says EC not precluding future Facebook case

Facebook is not currently in EU regulators’ crosshairs, but it may well be in future because of the crucial role played by data, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Tuesday, February 19. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s comments came two weeks after the German cartel office ruled that the world’s largest social network abused its market […]

New Zealand: Facebook and Google could face higher tax rates

New Zealand: Facebook and Google could face higher tax rates

The Government is exploring a move to tax digital giants like Facebook and Google more for their income made within New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move at her post-cabinet press conference on Monday. Cabinet has agreed to issue a discussion document in May on how to update tax settings to suit the digital […]

US: Facebook says it’s open to new regulation

US: Facebook says it’s open to new regulation

Facebook, which has been under fire for months over data scandals, expressed openness to new regulation. According to a report in Reuters citing Facebook’s public policy manager Karim Palant, the executive said the social media giant is “open to meaningful regulation.” His comments came following calls by lawmakers in the U.K. for large tech companies […]

US: Facebook, FTC discuss multibillion dollar fine: report

US: Facebook, FTC discuss multibillion dollar fine: report

A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses. The Washington Post reported Thursday, February 14, that the fine would be the largest ever imposed on a tech company. Citing unnamed sources, it also stated the two sides have not yet agreed […]

UK: Google and Facebook should be regulated for news content says report

UK: Google and Facebook should be regulated for news content says report

Online platforms including Google, Facebook, and Apple should be regulated in how they distribute news content, according to a new UK government report. The report, published Tuesday, February 12, stated a state regulator should ensure tech firms are taking steps to help users identify trustworthy, reliable news on their platforms, reported CNBC. It stated the […]

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